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Leagoo M5 Smartphone Review

Marcus Herbrich, Sven Kloevekorn (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 10/09/2016

Hottie!Leagoo's M5 is an affordable entry-level smartphone with one great feature - according to the manufacturer, the screen is fracture and breakage resistant should it be dropped. To achieve this, the manufacturer has installed a solid metal frame and an especially hardened glass front. However, this resistance seems to be at the expense of heat dissipation since the M5 presents its hot side in the test.

For the original German review, see here.

Leagoo's M5 is now available in Germany via importers at a street price of around 65 Euros (~$72; incl. shipping). Despite the low purchase price, potential buyers will get a very well-equipped entry-level handset. Some twice as expensive rivals do not have an expandable 16 GB internal storage, 2 GB of RAM, a fingerprint sensor, and a removable battery. Furthermore, the M5 is equipped with an HD IPS panel, dual-SIM slots, a MediaTek quad-core CPU, and a particularly resistant casing build.

Potential rivals in the entry-level sector include devices such as Wiko's RobbyArchos' 50 Platinum 4GUlefone's Metal, and Wiko's Jerry. However, Archos' 50e Neon as well as both Oukitel's U7 Plus and K4000 Pro models come into question as alternatives in terms of price. The latter is also equipped with a particularly shatterproof screen.

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Leagoo M5 (M Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
2048 MB 
, DDR3
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 294 PPI, capacitive, LCD, IPS, shatter-proof, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 10.6 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm jack, Card Reader: micro-SD card (T-FLASH card), max. 128 GB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: motion, proximity
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, 3G WCDMA 850/1900/2100 || 2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900, Dual SIM, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.7 x 141.7 x 71.3 ( = 0.34 x 5.58 x 2.81 in)
Battery
2300 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix flash, f/2.0
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: mono, Keyboard: onscreen, Keyboard Light: yes, modular power supply, USB cable, FreeMe OS 6.0, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
178 g ( = 6.28 oz / 0.39 pounds), Power Supply: 35 g ( = 1.23 oz / 0.08 pounds)
Price
60 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The shatterproof glass front of Leagoo's M5 is fitted into the casing with a light curve (2.5D bezel). The edges around the 5-inch display are relatively wide, which is also reflected in the screen-surface ratio of just 68.2%. Nevertheless, the 8.7-millimeter (~0.34 in) tall smartphone is pleasant to hold thanks to its compact size of 141.7 x 71.3 millimeters (~5.6 x 2.8 in). A solid metal bezel between the front and back makes the handset very robust.

The surface of the removable plastic back cover is lightly rubberized and can be dented slightly. The 16 GB of internal storage can be expanded via micro-SD and the battery can be replaced after removing the back cover. The controls for volume and power are fitted rather loosely and their pressure points could have been better defined.

Considering the handset's price, the build quality and stability of the M5's casing is quite compelling and on a very good level. The weight of Leagoo's M5 is, however, a bit too high with 178 grams (~6.3 oz) for a smartphone of this size.

Size Comparison

157.6 mm / 6.2 inch 78.4 mm / 3.09 inch 9.15 mm / 0.3602 inch 195 g0.4299 lbs155 mm / 6.1 inch 79.1 mm / 3.11 inch 10 mm / 0.3937 inch 185 g0.4079 lbs145.6 mm / 5.73 inch 72 mm / 2.83 inch 12.5 mm / 0.4921 inch 250 g0.551 lbs145.1 mm / 5.71 inch 73.5 mm / 2.89 inch 9.6 mm / 0.378 inch 166 g0.366 lbs145 mm / 5.71 inch 72 mm / 2.83 inch 9.4 mm / 0.3701 inch 152 g0.3351 lbs145 mm / 5.71 inch 72 mm / 2.83 inch 9.4 mm / 0.3701 inch 152 g0.3351 lbs143 mm / 5.63 inch 71 mm / 2.8 inch 9.35 mm / 0.3681 inch 155 g0.3417 lbs141.7 mm / 5.58 inch 71.3 mm / 2.81 inch 8.7 mm / 0.3425 inch 178 g0.3924 lbs

Connectivity

The internal eMMC storage has a capacity of 16 GB. The user has almost 10.6 GB available after initial use. Furthermore, applications can be moved to a (max. 128 GB) micro-SD card via A2SD. The micro-USB 2.0 port on the casing's lower edge can be used for recharging the smartphone and data sharing with a computer. However, peripherals cannot be connected via an OTG adapter (on the go).

Leagoo's M5 also features an FM radio, an active fingerprint scanner for unlocking the handset, as well as a classic 3.5-millimeter jack. A notification LED is not installed.

Software

Leagoo uses the Freeme OS 6.0 based on the relatively up-to-date Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow platform for its system software. Although the Freeme OS maintains the fundamental structures of Android, the custom ROM does not look very much like Google's standard Android. The app and folder design, as well as the missing app drawer, correspond to the design language of the alternative operating system.

The user can alter the design via the company's Theme Store, and change it in a short time by shaking the handset. Additional features, such as gesture control, are also implemented in the system.

Communication and GPS

stable data transmission rates (client)
stable data transmission rates (server)

The dual-SIM smartphone accesses the mobile Internet with up to two micro-SIM cards. However, neither slot supports any LTE frequency bands - only quad-band GSM and tri-band UMTS are supported. Furthermore, one slot is limited to 2G connections in dual-SIM mode.

Bluetooth version 4.0 is present for wireless communication between mobile end devices.

The integrated Wi-Fi module supports only the IEEE 802.11 b/g/n standards. The M5 reached similar speeds as the comparison devices in the practical test. Our measurements using the Linksys EA8500 reference router resulted in solid transmission rates in both receive and transmit. The reception performance is somewhat weak in everyday use, and the Wi-Fi signal to the router was sometimes lost. The attenuation of just under -41 dBm in the router's direct vicinity (Telekom Speedport, W921V) is good for an entry-level handset.

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Xiaomi Mi 5
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
316 MBit/s ∼100% +565%
Ulefone Metal
Mali-T720, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
88.3 MBit/s ∼28% +86%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
Mali-T720, MT6735, 8 GB eMMC Flash
48.7 MBit/s ∼15% +3%
Oukitel U7 Plus
Mali-T720, MT6737, 16 GB eMMC Flash
48.3 MBit/s ∼15% +2%
Leagoo M5
Mali-400 MP2, MT6580M, 16 GB eMMC Flash
47.5 MBit/s ∼15%
Archos 50e Neon
Mali-400 MP2, MT6580M, 8 GB eMMC Flash
42 MBit/s ∼13% -12%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Xiaomi Mi 5
Adreno 530, 820 MSM8996, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
265 MBit/s ∼100% +420%
Ulefone Metal
Mali-T720, MT6753, 16 GB eMMC Flash
73.1 MBit/s ∼28% +43%
Oukitel U7 Plus
Mali-T720, MT6737, 16 GB eMMC Flash
52.1 MBit/s ∼20% +2%
Leagoo M5
Mali-400 MP2, MT6580M, 16 GB eMMC Flash
51 MBit/s ∼19%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
Mali-T720, MT6735, 8 GB eMMC Flash
48.5 MBit/s ∼18% -5%
Archos 50e Neon
Mali-400 MP2, MT6580M, 8 GB eMMC Flash
46 MBit/s ∼17% -10%
GPS test, indoors
GPS test, indoors
GPS test, outdoors
GPS test, outdoors

Leagoo's M5 uses the GPS satellite navigation system for quickly determining the position with an accuracy of 3 meters (~10 ft) outdoors. Tracking is not possible indoors. In addition, we tested the accuracy on a good 12 kilometer (~7.4 mi) bike ride and compared the outcomes with Garmin's Edge 500 professional navigation system. Ultimately, a discrepancy of almost 180 meters (~197 yd) is recorded between the entry-level smartphone and the professional device. This discrepancy should not be a problem for everyday navigation tasks.

GPS test Leagoo M5
GPS test Leagoo M5
GPS test Leagoo M5
GPS test Garmin Edge 500
GPS test Garmin Edge 500
GPS test Garmin Edge 500

Telephone and Call Quality

The voice quality and intelligibility via the M5's earpiece are satisfactory. The installed microphone is also convincing; the voice is transmitted clearly and articulately.

Leagoo relies on the Android standard phone application, which provides all the important features such as favorites, a call list, a keypad, and direct access to the contact database.

Phone app
Keypad

Cameras

Front-facing camera photo
Primary camera photo

An 8-megapixel primary camera is installed on the M5's rear. It has a light-sensitive aperture of f/2.0 and a focal length of 35 millimeters (~1.38 in). Considering the price, the photo quality in good light conditions is satisfactory. However, Leagoo's smartphone lacks a bit of sharpness compared with the rivals. As soon as scenes are photographed in sunlight, all bright areas are visibly overexposed. Furthermore, the dynamic range is too limited in the photos. Thus, the pictures clearly darken in very different light conditions. Intense image noise and a visible blurriness can be observed in low-light conditions.

The front-facing camera's resolution of 5 megapixels offers a sufficient quality and reproduction of details for selfies. However, its light sensitivity and image dynamic is not very high. The M5 records videos at a maximum resolution of 1080p at 30 frames per second.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Accessories and Warranty

In addition to a modular 5-watt charger (5V, 1A), a USB cable and the usual brochures are included for Leagoo's M5.

According to the warranty card in the box, the manufacturer's warranty applies for 12 months from date of purchase. Please see our Guarantees, Return Policies & Warranties FAQ for country-specific information.

Input Devices and Handling

The handset is controlled via three touch-sensitive, unlit buttons below the screen. The capacitive multi-touchscreen (3 fingers) is responsive into the corners, has pleasant gliding qualities, and is user-friendly.

In addition to a "double tap to wake" gesture, the M5 can also be unlocked via a fingerprint. The active fingerprint scanner on the handset's back did not really function reliably or quickly in the test. Nevertheless, it provides a certain convenience especially since the sensor can be mapped with additional features, such as camera release.

Onscreen keyboard, landscape mode
Onscreen keyboard, portrait mode
Onscreen keyboard, portrait mode

Display

Subpixel grid

With a resolution of 1280x720 pixels on a 5-inch LC display, the M5 offers sufficient sharpness for everyday use, and the achieved pixel density of 294 PPI is on par with other entry-level smartphones.

Leagoo's smartphone achieves a maximum brightness of 402 cd/m² on a completely white surface using manual brightness setting. The illumination of 92% is homogeneous for a handset from this price range. The IPS panel even shines with up to 416 cd/m² when dark and bright areas are distributed evenly over the screen (average picture level: APL50) in a realistic scenario.

386
cd/m²
395
cd/m²
382
cd/m²
385
cd/m²
401
cd/m²
402
cd/m²
368
cd/m²
384
cd/m²
376
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LCD
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 402 cd/m² Average: 386.6 cd/m² Minimum: 22.87 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 401 cd/m²
Contrast: 757:1 (Black: 0.53 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.7 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 13.3 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.3
Leagoo M5
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Oukitel U7 Plus
IPS, 1280x720, 5.5
Oukitel K4000 Pro
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Ulefone Metal
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Wiko Jerry
IPS, 854x480, 5
Wiko Robby
IPS, 1280x720, 5.5
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
IPS, 1280x720, 5
Archos 50e Neon
TFT, 854x480, 5
Xiaomi Mi 5
IPS, 1920x1080, 5.15
Screen
16%
17%
5%
16%
31%
9%
0%
45%
Brightness middle
401
462
15%
360
-10%
312
-22%
432
8%
621
55%
344
-14%
443
10%
598
49%
Brightness
387
437
13%
367
-5%
315
-19%
436
13%
576
49%
349
-10%
430
11%
566
46%
Brightness Distribution
92
91
-1%
89
-3%
87
-5%
91
-1%
88
-4%
89
-3%
94
2%
90
-2%
Black Level *
0.53
0.58
-9%
0.36
32%
0.56
-6%
0.57
-8%
0.73
-38%
0.65
-23%
0.38
28%
0.51
4%
Contrast
757
797
5%
1000
32%
557
-26%
758
0%
851
12%
529
-30%
1166
54%
1173
55%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.7
7.5
23%
9.01
7%
6.8
30%
7
28%
4.7
52%
5.8
40%
13.9
-43%
3.5
64%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
22.3
12.8
43%
12.58
44%
14
37%
12.4
44%
9.4
58%
10.7
52%
29.5
-32%
6.1
73%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
13.3
8.5
36%
8.67
35%
7.1
47%
7.6
43%
5.2
61%
5.7
57%
17.3
-30%
3.5
74%
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.54 87%
2.66 83%
2.77 79%
2.1 105%
2.51 88%
2.1 105%
2.93 75%
2.29 96%
CCT
10359 63%
8914 73%
7641 85%
7402 88%
8368 78%
7505 87%
7792 83%
22878 28%
6532 100%

* ... smaller is better

Both the black level and the reproduced contrast ratio of 757:1 are in a range typical of entry-level smartphones. However, we did not accomplish a contrast of 900:1, as Leagoo claims, even in the APL50 test. Here, we measured a ratio of 770:1 at a black level of 0.54 cd/m². The average DeltaE deviations from the sRGB color space are very high with 9.7 (colors) and 11.3 (grayscale). The ideal range starts at rates <3. At the same time, the color temperature of 10359 Kelvin is very high compared with the ideal temperature of 6500K, and a minor bluish tint is visible in the image reproduction.

CalMAN ColorChecker (target color space: sRGB)
CalMAN Colorspace (target color space: sRGB)
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps (target color space: sRGB)
CalMAN Grayscale (target color space: sRGB)

The liquid crystal display in the M5 also does a convincing job in the outdoors. The contents are difficult to read only in direct sunlight. As typical of IPS, the viewing angles are on a good level and the colors of the contents are relatively accurate even at very flat viewing angles.

Outdoors, sun
Outdoors, shade
Viewing angles

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
28 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 11 ms rise
↘ 17 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 60 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
33 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 19 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 24 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (39.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9276 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

We observed visible stripes in the LCD panel of our review sample, which were visible even when the screen was active.

Stripes in the screen

Performance

Leagoo's M5 is equipped with MediaTek's MT6580M SoC (system on a chip). It is built in 28 nm and has a quad-core Cortex A7 processor. The computing power convinces with a solid system performance and browser speed in everyday use. However, perceivable stutters and lags, as well as delays when launching apps, are noticed as expected. The benchmarks show a rather average performance on par with Archos' 50e Neon based on the same SoC. In relation to the performance capacities of the comparison devices in a similar price range, the M5 is only mediocre.

The determined speed of the internal storage in read and especially in write is not very high with 134 MB/s and 12 MB/s although the rivals present similar access times - with the exception of UleFone's Metal. The measured speeds of the micro-SD card reader that we tested with our Toshiba Exceria Pro M401 (max. 95 MB per second in read, and max. 80 MB per second in write) reference card match match this. The read and write access rates are also only average here.

AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
18.48 MB/s ∼21%
Oukitel U7 Plus
22.6 MB/s ∼26% +22%
Ulefone Metal
27.6 MB/s ∼32% +49%
Wiko Jerry
19.12 MB/s ∼22% +3%
Wiko Robby
19.68 MB/s ∼23% +6%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
15.58 MB/s ∼18% -16%
Archos 50e Neon
18.87 MB/s ∼22% +2%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
36.07 MB/s ∼37%
Oukitel U7 Plus
46.63 MB/s ∼48% +29%
Ulefone Metal
49.6 MB/s ∼51% +38%
Wiko Jerry
40.91 MB/s ∼42% +13%
Wiko Robby
41.39 MB/s ∼43% +15%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
31.85 MB/s ∼33% -12%
Archos 50e Neon
35.27 MB/s ∼37% -2%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
5.46 MB/s ∼2%
Oukitel U7 Plus
2.18 MB/s ∼1% -60%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
7.5 MB/s ∼3% +37%
Ulefone Metal
7.87 MB/s ∼3% +44%
Wiko Jerry
6.4 MB/s ∼3% +17%
Wiko Robby
6.9 MB/s ∼3% +26%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
4.35 MB/s ∼2% -20%
Archos 50e Neon
5.18 MB/s ∼2% -5%
Xiaomi Mi 5
13.61 MB/s ∼5% +149%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
14.98 MB/s ∼8%
Oukitel U7 Plus
11.25 MB/s ∼6% -25%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
13.79 MB/s ∼7% -8%
Ulefone Metal
22.18 MB/s ∼11% +48%
Wiko Jerry
14.97 MB/s ∼8% 0%
Wiko Robby
15.7 MB/s ∼8% +5%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
14.31 MB/s ∼7% -4%
Archos 50e Neon
15.29 MB/s ∼8% +2%
Xiaomi Mi 5
106.78 MB/s ∼54% +613%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
12.11 MB/s ∼2%
Oukitel U7 Plus
59 MB/s ∼10% +387%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
39.82 MB/s ∼7% +229%
Ulefone Metal
39.91 MB/s ∼7% +230%
Wiko Jerry
12.11 MB/s ∼2% 0%
Wiko Robby
47.6 MB/s ∼8% +293%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
7.56 MB/s ∼1% -38%
Archos 50e Neon
8.33 MB/s ∼1% -31%
Xiaomi Mi 5
159.29 MB/s ∼27% +1215%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
133.68 MB/s ∼9%
Oukitel U7 Plus
125.91 MB/s ∼8% -6%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
191.29 MB/s ∼13% +43%
Ulefone Metal
228.84 MB/s ∼15% +71%
Wiko Jerry
132.81 MB/s ∼9% -1%
Wiko Robby
126.2 MB/s ∼8% -6%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
125.37 MB/s ∼8% -6%
Archos 50e Neon
130.29 MB/s ∼9% -3%
Xiaomi Mi 5
459.64 MB/s ∼31% +244%
AnTuTu v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
24238 Points ∼8%
Oukitel U7 Plus
28683 Points ∼10% +18%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
24028 Points ∼8% -1%
Ulefone Metal
37103 Points ∼13% +53%
Wiko Jerry
15185 Points ∼5% -37%
Wiko Robby
15797 Points ∼5% -35%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
23657 Points ∼8% -2%
Archos 50e Neon
24509 Points ∼8% +1%
Xiaomi Mi 5
116330 Points ∼40% +380%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Oukitel U7 Plus
749 Points ∼16%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
604 Points ∼13%
Ulefone Metal
1057 Points ∼23%
Xiaomi Mi 5
1976 Points ∼44%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Oukitel U7 Plus
126 Points ∼1%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
100 Points ∼1%
Ulefone Metal
243 Points ∼2%
Xiaomi Mi 5
4558 Points ∼40%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Oukitel U7 Plus
155 Points ∼2%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
123 Points ∼2%
Ulefone Metal
293 Points ∼4%
Xiaomi Mi 5
3542 Points ∼43%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
7886 Points ∼9%
Oukitel U7 Plus
8660 Points ∼10% +10%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
7370 Points ∼9% -7%
Ulefone Metal
10371 Points ∼12% +32%
Wiko Jerry
7748 Points ∼9% -2%
Wiko Robby
7868 Points ∼9% 0%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
6902 Points ∼8% -12%
Archos 50e Neon
7848 Points ∼9% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 5
21483 Points ∼25% +172%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
2478 Points ∼0%
Oukitel U7 Plus
3137 Points ∼1% +27%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
2609 Points ∼0% +5%
Ulefone Metal
6469 Points ∼1% +161%
Wiko Jerry
2481 Points ∼0% 0%
Wiko Robby
2476 Points ∼0% 0%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
2681 Points ∼1% +8%
Archos 50e Neon
2485 Points ∼0% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 5
32613 Points ∼6% +1216%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
2921 Points ∼1%
Oukitel U7 Plus
3656 Points ∼2% +25%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
3046 Points ∼1% +4%
Ulefone Metal
7059 Points ∼3% +142%
Wiko Jerry
2922 Points ∼1% 0%
Wiko Robby
2921 Points ∼1% 0%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
3103 Points ∼1% +6%
Archos 50e Neon
2930 Points ∼1% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 5
29246 Points ∼12% +901%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
4.4 fps ∼0%
Oukitel U7 Plus
5.9 fps ∼0% +34%
Ulefone Metal
19 fps ∼0% +332%
Wiko Jerry
4.4 fps ∼0% 0%
Wiko Robby
4.4 fps ∼0% 0%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
8.7 fps ∼0% +98%
Archos 50e Neon
11 fps ∼0% +150%
Xiaomi Mi 5
90 fps ∼1% +1945%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
8 fps ∼0%
Oukitel U7 Plus
9.8 fps ∼0% +23%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
8.5 fps ∼0% +6%
Ulefone Metal
12 fps ∼0% +50%
Wiko Jerry
11 fps ∼0% +38%
Wiko Robby
7.9 fps ∼0% -1%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
4.9 fps ∼0% -39%
Archos 50e Neon
4.4 fps ∼0% -45%
Xiaomi Mi 5
60 fps ∼2% +650%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
2808 Points ∼14%
Oukitel U7 Plus
3105 Points ∼16% +11%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
2757 Points ∼14% -2%
Ulefone Metal
4079 Points ∼21% +45%
Wiko Jerry
2636 Points ∼13% -6%
Wiko Robby
2785 Points ∼14% -1%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
2807 Points ∼14% 0%
Archos 50e Neon
2796 Points ∼14% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 5
6873 Points ∼35% +145%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
9 Points ∼0%
Oukitel U7 Plus
573 Points ∼28% +6267%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
563 Points ∼28% +6156%
Ulefone Metal
10 Points ∼0% +11%
Wiko Jerry
530 Points ∼26% +5789%
Wiko Robby
640 Points ∼31% +7011%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
9 Points ∼0% 0%
Archos 50e Neon
525 Points ∼26% +5733%
Xiaomi Mi 5
1106 Points ∼54% +12189%
Graphics (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
139 Points ∼0%
Oukitel U7 Plus
211 Points ∼1% +52%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
173 Points ∼1% +24%
Ulefone Metal
433 Points ∼2% +212%
Wiko Jerry
139 Points ∼0% 0%
Wiko Robby
137 Points ∼0% -1%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
175 Points ∼1% +26%
Archos 50e Neon
138 Points ∼0% -1%
Xiaomi Mi 5
4522 Points ∼16% +3153%
Memory (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
331 Points ∼4%
Oukitel U7 Plus
770 Points ∼10% +133%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
409 Points ∼5% +24%
Ulefone Metal
802 Points ∼11% +142%
Wiko Jerry
290 Points ∼4% -12%
Wiko Robby
404 Points ∼5% +22%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
354 Points ∼5% +7%
Archos 50e Neon
317 Points ∼4% -4%
Xiaomi Mi 5
1801 Points ∼24% +444%
System (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
990 Points ∼6%
Oukitel U7 Plus
1120 Points ∼7% +13%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
840 Points ∼5% -15%
Ulefone Metal
1691 Points ∼10% +71%
Wiko Jerry
966 Points ∼6% -2%
Wiko Robby
983 Points ∼6% -1%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
838 Points ∼5% -15%
Archos 50e Neon
990 Points ∼6% 0%
Xiaomi Mi 5
3638 Points ∼22% +267%
Overall (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
144 Points ∼2%
Oukitel U7 Plus
568 Points ∼7% +294%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
428 Points ∼5% +197%
Ulefone Metal
273 Points ∼3% +90%
Wiko Jerry
379 Points ∼4% +163%
Wiko Robby
432 Points ∼5% +200%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
148 Points ∼2% +3%
Archos 50e Neon
389 Points ∼5% +170%
Xiaomi Mi 5
2392 Points ∼28% +1561%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
1166 Points ∼4%
Oukitel U7 Plus
1508 Points ∼5% +29%
Ulefone Metal
2458 Points ∼8% +111%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
1206 Points ∼4% +3%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
407 Points ∼7%
Oukitel U7 Plus
580 Points ∼10% +43%
Ulefone Metal
609 Points ∼10% +50%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
428 Points ∼7% +5%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
14.451 Points ∼4%
Oukitel U7 Plus
17.257 Points ∼5% +19%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
13.445 Points ∼4% -7%
Ulefone Metal
17.831 Points ∼5% +23%
Wiko Jerry
14 Points ∼4% -3%
Wiko Robby
13.549 Points ∼4% -6%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
12.755 Points ∼4% -12%
Archos 50e Neon
14.118 Points ∼4% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 5
53.969 Points ∼15% +273%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
2144 Points ∼4%
Oukitel U7 Plus
2554 Points ∼5% +19%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
2200 Points ∼4% +3%
Ulefone Metal
2738 Points ∼5% +28%
Wiko Jerry
2075 Points ∼4% -3%
Wiko Robby
2159 Points ∼4% +1%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
2122 Points ∼4% -1%
Archos 50e Neon
2103 Points ∼4% -2%
Xiaomi Mi 5
8619 Points ∼16% +302%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Leagoo M5
14766.5 ms * ∼25%
Oukitel U7 Plus
14931.4 ms * ∼25% -1%
Oukitel K4000 Pro
18250.5 ms * ∼31% -24%
Ulefone Metal
13397.3 ms * ∼23% +9%
Wiko Jerry
14922.6 ms * ∼25% -1%
Wiko Robby
15131 ms * ∼25% -2%
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
19092.2 ms * ∼32% -29%
Archos 50e Neon
15157.3 ms * ∼25% -3%
Xiaomi Mi 5
2973.3 ms * ∼5% +80%

Legend

 
Leagoo M5 Mediatek MT6580M, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Oukitel U7 Plus Mediatek MT6737, ARM Mali-T720, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Oukitel K4000 Pro Mediatek MT6735, , 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Ulefone Metal Mediatek MT6753, ARM Mali-T720, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Wiko Jerry Mediatek MT6580M, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Wiko Robby Mediatek MT6580M, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Archos 50 Platinum 4G Mediatek MT6735, ARM Mali-T720, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Archos 50e Neon Mediatek MT6580M, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Xiaomi Mi 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash

* ... smaller is better

Games

The Mali-400 MP2 graphics unit integrated into MediaTek's MT6580M cannot render graphic-driven games such as "Asphalt 8: Airborne" or "N.O.V.A 3" in either medium or high details. Thus, low gaming details should be selected in the setting menus for a largely smooth gameplay. However, long loading times will still be the rule then.

"N.O.V.A 3"
"Asphalt 8: Airborne "

Emissions

Temperature

The temperature development of Leagoo's M5 of over 48 °C (~118 °F) is definitely too high - especially since the maximum rates were measured on the handset's back (Stability Test > 1h). With surface temperatures of up to 39.7 °C (~103 °F) while idling, the waste heat is higher than in some other entry-level smartphones during load. The upper area in particular heats up annoyingly in computing-driven applications and games, and therefore, we did not use, for example, the fingerprint scanner because of the high surface temperatures.

Max. Load
 45.6 °C
114 F
45.3 °C
114 F
41 °C
106 F
 
 46.1 °C
115 F
46.4 °C
116 F
40.6 °C
105 F
 
 44.6 °C
112 F
42.1 °C
108 F
40.9 °C
106 F
 
Maximum: 46.4 °C = 116 F
Average: 43.6 °C = 110 F
39.5 °C
103 F
39.7 °C
103 F
44.1 °C
111 F
39 °C
102 F
40 °C
104 F
44.8 °C
113 F
39 °C
102 F
39 °C
102 F
48.1 °C
119 F
Maximum: 48.1 °C = 119 F
Average: 41.5 °C = 107 F
Power Supply (max.)  38.4 °C = 101 F | Room Temperature 21.9 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 43.6 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(-) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 46.4 °C / 116 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 48.1 °C / 119 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(-) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 38.4 °C / 101 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speaker

Pink Noise speaker test

The rear-sided speaker's almost 85 dB(A) is sufficiently powerful, but the playback quality sounds tinny when increasing the volume. Music is almost inaudible as soon as a finger covers the rear-sided speaker opening. The sound impression in the audible range is hardly linear. As typical for smartphones, basses are not perceptible.

The mono speaker's playback quality did not convince us.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2031.637.22525.4383125.331.54032.932.15033.638.26331.633.68028.427.51002725.212520.825.61602223.720021.323.625020.829.331521.237.640019.44750019.554.263017.758.980017.964.4100017.868.5125017.369.3160017.470200016.774.7250017.274.5315018.271.8400017.973.7500017.673.5630017.774.9800017.877.91000017.9761250018.170.61600018.265.4SPL3084.9N1.356.6median 17.9median 68.5Delta1.315.731.641.525.435.725.336.532.936.433.636.831.637.128.428272820.826.9222321.324.320.830.421.236.519.445.419.551.917.75517.959.717.863.517.364.217.466.816.766.717.263.718.268.617.975.117.676.617.767.417.865.817.965.718.157.218.245.53081.61.343.6median 17.9median 59.71.313.720.622.921.920.620.721.720.320.722.32123.622.322.626.934.422.621.222.321.921.217.820.318.917.817.918.118.617.922.522.823.922.534.733.236.134.716.72617.216.716.433.215.816.419.438.919.119.422.345.519.122.327.552.717.927.533.658.319.133.639.163.216.139.143.466.515.543.442.764.716.442.739.26213.739.236.8601336.834.857.913.934.834.558.911.434.537.861.110.737.839.16310.339.141.464.29.841.442.7689.442.748.271.69.548.240.764.99.440.730.755.79.630.726.850.39.426.852.876.426.652.88.337.30.98.3median 34.8median 58.9median 13.9median 34.86.79.24.16.732.441.331.337.831.735.42634.939.440.336.232.928.632.525.424.321.323.723.322.422.525.822.426.221.336.518.444.417.55617.560.817.269.516.870.117.372.817.472.316.672.217.368.717.665.417.667.117.76717.467.817.769.217.968.618.162.718.151.329.881.21.346.6median 17.7median 65.41.614.2hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseLeagoo M5Oukitel U7 PlusUlefone MetalArchos 50 Platinum 4G
Leagoo M5 audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (84.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 41.1% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 7.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (30.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 83% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 10% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 88% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 7% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Oukitel U7 Plus audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.59 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 31.6% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (7.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9.3% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (33.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 92% of all tested devices in this class were better, 3% similar, 5% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 94% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 4% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Ulefone Metal audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (76.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 25.6% lower than median
(-) | bass is not linear (15.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.7% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.6% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 36% of all tested devices in this class were better, 10% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 60% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 33% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Archos 50 Platinum 4G audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (81.17 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 39% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 8.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (9.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(-) | overall sound is not linear (30.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 83% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 10% worse
» The best had a delta of 13%, average was 24%, worst was 44%
Compared to all devices tested
» 88% of all tested devices were better, 4% similar, 8% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram in comparison (check boxes above can be turned on/off!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The M5's power consumption in both idle and load is a bit too high. Devices with similar technical specifications as Leagoo's smartphone (Wiko's Robby or Archos' 50e Neon) present a better energy management. All comparison devices are considerably more frugal, especially during maximum load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.09 / 0.14 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 0.81 / 2.26 / 2.39 Watt
Load midlight 6.97 / 7.03 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Leagoo M5
2300 mAh
Oukitel U7 Plus
2500 mAh
Oukitel K4000 Pro
4600 mAh
Ulefone Metal
3050 mAh
Wiko Jerry
2000 mAh
Wiko Robby
2500 mAh
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
2200 mAh
Archos 50e Neon
2200 mAh
Power Consumption
-2%
-65%
-15%
14%
7%
31%
27%
Idle Minimum *
0.81
0.86
-6%
2.74
-238%
1.41
-74%
0.8
1%
0.92
-14%
0.59
27%
0.56
31%
Idle Average *
2.26
2.68
-19%
3.92
-73%
2.46
-9%
2.02
11%
2.12
6%
1.68
26%
1.58
30%
Idle Maximum *
2.39
2.78
-16%
4.05
-69%
2.83
-18%
2.19
8%
2.34
2%
1.79
25%
1.8
25%
Load Average *
6.97
5.33
24%
4.84
31%
5.15
26%
5.02
28%
5.3
24%
4.22
39%
5.22
25%
Load Maximum *
7.03
6.49
8%
5.42
23%
7.05
-0%
5.52
21%
5.78
18%
4.26
39%
5.34
24%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

Ultra energy saving mode

Leagoo's M5 achieved a satisfactory runtime of 6 hours and 46 minutes in our practical Wi-Fi test (screen brightness set to 150 cd/m²), which places it in the midfield of our comparison devices. The Freeme OS has a separate ultra energy saving mode that limits apps' background activity and reduces the smartphone's connectivity for increasing the battery life. However, the handset's features are significantly reduced.

Since Quick Charge technology is not supported, roughly 2.5 hours are needed for recharging the 2300 mAh battery from 0 to 100 percent.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 46min
Leagoo M5
2300 mAh
Oukitel U7 Plus
2500 mAh
Oukitel K4000 Pro
4600 mAh
Ulefone Metal
3050 mAh
Wiko Jerry
2000 mAh
Wiko Robby
2500 mAh
Archos 50 Platinum 4G
2200 mAh
Archos 50e Neon
2200 mAh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
406
366
-10%
711
75%
403
-1%
475
17%
712
75%
384
-5%
498
23%

Pros

+ HD IPS panel
+ 2 GB RAM
+ 16 GB ROM
+ dual-SIM + SD card slot
+ fingerprint scanner
+ resistance

Cons

- slow SoC
- waste heat
- slow eMMC storage
- slightly low screen brightness
- stripes in the screen
- relatively heavy
- speaker
- no LTE
- unlit keys

Verdict

In review: Leogoo M5. Review sample courtesy of Leagoo.

Although our negative points outstrip the positives of Leagoo's M5, the entry-level device priced at just 65 Euros (~$73) is not inevitably a bad smartphone. The technical configuration and its resistance to external influences (even if we could not test this fact) are very much a purchase argument for this price range. However, other smartphones offer a better total package even though they have a higher purchase price. First and foremost, we would mention UleFone's Meta or UHANS' S1. Buyers not wanting to deal with importers might find a suitable alternative in Coolpad's Porto S or ZTE's Blade A452.

Too many points of criticism prevent us from giving Leagoo's M5 a purchase recommendation despite good technical specifications and a very low purchase price.

Leagoo M5 - 10/06/2016 v5.1(old)
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 86%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
34 / 60 → 56%
Weight
90%
Battery
89%
Display
78%
Games Performance
5 / 63 → 7%
Application Performance
23 / 70 → 33%
Temperature
80%
Noise
100%
Audio
52 / 91 → 57%
Camera
62%
Average
65%
78%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Marcus Herbrich, 2016-10- 9 (Update: 2019-04-21)